Senior Research Associate, attached to Child and Reproductive Health Unit, Centre for Equity and Systems for TB and HIV/AIDS and the Centre for Capacity Research at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM).
Russell has been the laboratory systems specialist for Liverpool Associates in Tropical Health (LATH) since October 2005. He subsequently joined LSTM in 2012 to work on laboratory capacity development methodologies and diagnostic implementation research. He has worked on initiatives in Malawi, Swaziland, Northern Sudan and Nigeria for a variety of clients including USAID, WHO and DFID. Russell provided resident long term technical assistance to the National Tuberculosis Central Reference Laboratory in Malawi for two years. Russell is a member of the Centre for Research on Equity and Systems for TB and HIV/AIDS (CRESTHA) and the Capacity Strengthening Implementation Research Unit (CSIR) at LSTM.
Previous to this appointment Russell was the laboratory manager at a research laboratory in Northern Malawi. Before his work in Malawi Russell had worked as a senior biomedical scientist at University College Hospitals NHS Trust specializing in mycobacterial diagnostic work where he also undertook his MSc in Medical Microbiology. Russell also spent time as an undergraduate VSO volunteer working with the Kenya Medical Research Institute, primarily supporting their malaria research facility in Kilifi
Russell is the convenor of the MSc module Medical Bacteriology and currently lecturers on the DTM&H and the MSc in Tropical and Infectious Disease at LSTM. He also conducts workshops and lecturers in a number of developing countries and has been involved in the development and delivery of an undergraduate course for laboratory workers in Malawi.
Main interests include the development of integrated laboratory services in sub-Saharan Africa, effective capacity development and the evaluation of courses for laboratory personnel in the developing world.
Other relevant expertise
- Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education
- Registration with Health Professions Council (HPC) as a biomedical scientist.